Addiction in older adults is one of America’s fastest growing health issues. Today, 2.5 million older adults have an alcohol or drug problem. Natural metabolic changes in older adults can often result in them experiencing more significant effects from alcohol and medications without increasing the amount they consume, this may lead to falls and injuries. Addiction in older adults can be difficult to detect, as warning signs mimic insomnia, forgetfulness and other common age-related health issues. Facing difficult lifestyle changes such as the loss of loved ones, transitioning to retirement, and physical health issues can lead to self-medicating.
Widowers over the age of 75 have the highest rate of alcoholism in the United States, and older adults are hospitalized as often for alcohol-related problems as they are for heart attacks.  Older adults purchase one-third of Rx drugs and three-fourths of over-the-counter medications sold in the United States. In many cases, opioids for chronic pain and other medications prescribed for insomnia or anxiety, are inadvertently combined or mixed with alcohol resulting in an increase in complications, medically and cognitively, which could increase the rate of addiction in older adults.
Many older adults are often experiencing difficult lifestyle changes such as the loss of loved ones, transitioning to retirement, and physical health issues, which can lead them to self-medicate.
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The leading provider of proven, comprehensive, personalized behavioral health care and addiction rehab for older adults, Caron is a dignifying place where older adults, or adults needing a higher level of physical assistance, can embrace change and experience real transformation. In some cases, older adults may even reverse the effects of dementia and memory loss.